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Post-flop; When can you raise for value on the flop with a draw?

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In this article
  • You must be able to make better hands fold
  • Calling down could be better
  • A 3-bet is the worst countermeasure you can encounter

On the flop, we differentiate made hands from drawing hands (and trash hand, which only have a small part in this article). For several reasons, both of these hands can be raised on the flop.

With made hands you raise on the flop because you want to extract value from your opponent. You therefore raise, in the assumption of having the best hand with which you want to be paid off. For made, but fragile hands, this is also done for protection, as your opponent will often fold a hand which could otherwise beat you when it gets improvement.

With drawing hands, or draws, there also are many situations in which you can raise, even if you’re fairly certain of not having the best hand at the moment.

In general, you have to ask yourself the following question when holding a good draw: Is there a possibility that I can win the hand without a showdown, because I can make all my opponents fold their hand?

This way of playing a hand is called a semi-bluff and is described in the bronze-section: Semi bluff and pure bluff

In the gold-section this subject is analysed even further: Semi-Bluffs

Whenever you see the opportunity to win a hand without a showdown, you should play a good draw as aggressively as possible.  Yet there are also situations in which you don’t see this opportunity to make all opponents fold, and should still play your draw aggressively and raise or even cap.

In the next part we'll show you what the requirements are for playing a draw aggressively on the flop, even when you're certain you can't bring all your opponents to fold.

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Comments (8)

#1 arky, 06 Aug 08 23:18

Why is the equity lower than I am calculating?
Flush draw (flop):
- 52cards - 5cards (allready known) = 47 cards unknown
- remaining cards of same collor: 13-4 = 9
probability to score flush on the turn: 9/47
probabilty to score flush on the river: 9/46
Than 9/47 + 9/46 = 0,3871 (38,71%)

I know I am missing something, but what? :)
Thx for replying.

#2 arky, 06 Aug 08 23:33

Or is it (9/47 + 9/46 * (1- 9/47)) it would be 35%

#3 mouse89, 06 Oct 08 14:45


#4 ZeroDegrees, 08 Feb 09 07:14

Hi arky!
U shall always calculate these probs as a chain of missed events, thus: 38/47 * 37/46 (38 and 37 are the number of cards that miss your draw). That gives the prob that u miss the flush. So then, prob hitting the flush is just 100%- prob of missing.


#5 Pirokunn, 10 Feb 09 19:31

Good article

Found an incomplete sentence:

On page 3

"Obviously, the rule concerning the use of your equity to your advantage applies here too, as raising/capping would give you a theoretical long-term win of 0.4 SB. "

It should be 0.4 SB per SB invested. :I

#6 Gsheet, 05 Apr 09 17:36

Good article

#7 Bebo80, 13 Sep 09 14:55

Nice one i found some very good ways to raise drawing hands!

#8 datsmahname, 21 Mar 10 05:55

There may be some room for improvement in the introduction of this article. It seems to deal more with various kinds of flop situations rather than value raising with draws after the flop. The writer mentions made hands followed by semibluffs... without the page titles we might be a little confused.

Discussing the inverse of your topic can be fine in some situations, but doing so in the introduction isn't always best and If you're going to do it I think its generally important to talk even more about your actual topic. The very last line at the bottom might not be enough.

Informal introductions can be a great way to provide some background for thinking about a topic, but its not as important as clearly identifying the foreground.